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    Hi guys, finally going to put this old 2ft tank ive had hanging around to use, plan is to have two "cliffs" with path down the middle, will top the cliffs with Monte Carlo as this one wont have Co2, and the MC should be nice and close to the light at the top of the stones.

    Trying to just left over bits and pieces but have run out of stone (or need to smash up some bigger chunks) Hard scape is a work in progress but I really want to get this one into DSM ASAP, will try get some more stone this weekend.

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    So rather than sleep I decided to smash some stones up and flesh this one out some more.


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    Mockup of what I want to try achieve with the planting of the MC... now to buy a buy a bunch on the weekend


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    Great scape! a proper minimalist iwagumi, my favourite! If i can suggest anything it's try add some really small pieces of rock infront of cliffs to give a better sense of scale.

    The MC will look awesome! anything else?? maybe some fissidens between the rocks? some pellia in some of the grooves to act as shrubs?? let me know if i can help with plants

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    Thanks dude, Yes good idea with some small rocks in front of the cliffs, will get onto that! I am thinking it mite need some more height, I will go hunt down some more rocks this weekend.

    I have some fissidens so I should glue some / stuff some in between the rocks. Would love to get some Pellia, let me know if you have any!

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    I agree with the more height, i think my greatest regret with a lot of my scapes i not utilising more of the height - which means you have to rely more on plants... I'd suggest using anything more than 2/3 of the height, just use more lava stone. Then the smaller rocks in front will hide the lava rock under the big display rocks.

    Yep should have some spare i've also glued some to lava rock!

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    Wow this is looking more and more like a 'dantrasy'! Very well done.

    it would awesome if you can the mc to drape down the rocks. I've found it really hard to get hc to do this but looking forward to trying with MC in the future.

    if you have co2 I reckon you should run it for a while when you first flood and slowly wean off.

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    Really nice indeed! Personally I would have gone for more height but that would be more expensive unless you do egg crate method.

    Fissidens (unlike minipelia which is painfully slow) will grow in low tech I reckon. I would like to see how the MC grows here. Don't mind a nice tank with low maintenance carpets. HC is driving me crazy lately and I only have a small tank.

    Keep up the great work!

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    Thanks Rebel, I agree I would like more hight with the soil at the back, I used all I had, even had to break down a jar-scape I had put together to raid the aquasoil from it.

    Tho with the location of the tank you never see it at eye level so it kind of works well for the location, but not as well for the standard "front-on" tank shot.

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    Fair call.

    Have a look at this fellow unless you have seen already.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OqRwjZIzhU

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    Cool will do that next time, I just used a lot of lava stone to build up height in this one before pouring in the aqua-soil, I did head down to bunnings looking for some plastic grate as per that video but couldn't find anything

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    Wow, moving the rocks around a little made it a whole lot better. Very nicely done.

    If you don't have the ideal hardscape height for the tank, there's an easy fix - lower the water to about 5mm above your tallest rock, then take your fts photo.

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    Hair algae/fuzzy algae, best treated with a bath of algaefix.

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    Algae on moss/ fissidens is best treated by putting it in an ice cream container of water with the lid on. Then place it in a dark cupboard for a week. Dead algae, happy moss/ fissidens. Just try not to forget it, although I have and found it 3 months later and the moss was fine.
    If it swims it's good, if it's Sahul it's better!

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    +1. I do the black out with the moss wrapped in damp paper towel in a zip lock bag.

    Tim

    Quote Originally Posted by saundo View Post
    Algae on moss/ fissidens is best treated by putting it in an ice cream container of water with the lid on. Then place it in a dark cupboard for a week. Dead algae, happy moss/ fissidens. Just try not to forget it, although I have and found it 3 months later and the moss was fine.

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